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Energy Trust Home Performance Score is coming…

The Home Builders Association is holding an event for the new Energy Performance Score that helps homeowners understand energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.  As part of the Ultimate Open House tour, the event starts April 18, 2009 and runs … Continue reading

Energy Star

Features of ENERGY STAR Qualified New Homes

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

This label identifies a home as having earned the ENERGY STAR

And with homebuyers increasingly interested in green building, energy efficiency is the place to start. That’s because the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global warming. So, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated. And the easy way to make sure a new home is energy efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR mark, the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Learn more about how Green Begins with ENERGY STAR Blue PDF (130KB). Continue reading

Orefield, PA Home Achieves NAHB Gold Level

A new Orefield, Pennsylvania home built by studio26 homes, based on Mascord Plan 2412 (modified by Studio26) has received a Gold
level certification under the NAHB Research Center’s National Green Building Certification. 2412-levis-certThis
certification means the home has met established criteria in seven key green construction areas – Site
Planning/Development, Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental
Quality, Homeowner Education, and Global Impact.

Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc., congratulate Studio26 and their construction team on their achievement.
“Anyone can say they build green homes,” according to Michael Luzier, president and CEO of the NAHB
Research Center. “Seeking and achieving National Green Building Certification, as studio26 homes has
done, proves that claim.”2412-levis Continue reading